Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Meal in a meatball .. Paleo stlye

I made a super easy meal for super tonight and it took me 15 min maybe 20!  
And its a Meal in a Meatball!

I love meatballs!  I thought I like to sneak veggies in there so the kids get more veggies..  well I went all out...  these have, spinach, mushrooms (don't tell my daughter), green peppers, carrots and green onion.
  • 2 lb of lean ground beef
  • 1lb of ground turkey
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1/2 bag of baby spinach
  • 1 cup of baby carrots
  • 1 package of mushrooms
  • 2 stalks of green onions
Put all the veggies into the food processor to chop it all up 
then all veggies to meat and mix throughly
I also added
  • 2 eggs to told meatballs together better
  • 3 cloves of garlic, cuz I LOVE IT
  • handful of sweet basil, rosemary and cilantro from herb garden- yum!
Form mixture into balls, I like the size of large golf balls
put into pan, oh heat oven to 350 degrees
and I like to pour some tomato sauce over the meatballs, not tons but just a bit!
BAKE IN OVEN about 45 min 

Monday, May 24, 2010

Quick easy lunch

Looking for a quick lunch idea..  here ya go..   
 This is a simple Chicken salad. 

What ever chicken breasts that you have cooked
I think this has two in it.  and I took a fork and pulled it apart
I like that pulled apart pieces vs. chopped up pieces. but do what ever you like
Two stalks of Celery
two carrots chopped fine
a green onion stalk chopped fine
1/4 cup dried berries this one had blue berries, crasins, cherries 
1 tsp of mayo
seasonings I used were a blend for chicken and poultry, that had dried peppers
onions, garlic, salt and pepper.   but use what ever you like. 

I am in love with cold chicken salads, their are so many options out there..  What are some of your favorites? 
I'd love to hear

Friday, May 21, 2010

Fast food Vs. Home cooked food

I suppose some people will not like or disagree with that statement..  but hey, you entitled to your opinion and I am entitled to mine..  I used to think that there is not enough time to cook a good, healthy meal.
or that my kids don't like any veggies.  But I got sick of feeling crappy, fat, like I am on an emotional roller coaster.  and I had to do something about it.   I got sick of that roll in your middle that you can feel when you sit in a chair.  YUCK!   I WAS DONE!  

There are a million ways to "Diet"  and Some work well, Paleo diet...  others work not so well..  

For me it has been an evolution..  started out by trying to eat better.. and by that I mean being conscious but really tried.. but not really very effective.    Next my hubby and I started P90X P90X Extreme Home Fitness Workout Program - 13 DVDs, Nutrition Guide, Exercise Planner
And with that came a food/diet guide and menu.  and I have to say that it was very effective and complete.  The meals in there were delicious.   I still use some of them today.   and they break the 90 days into 3 groups.   First 30 day..  very lean, NO PASTA, BREAD and the like.   the next 30 day introduce some whole grains into your meals..   We never felt hungry, actually we were eating all the time.   For me it was to time consuming, prepping all the ingredients and measuring out the specific portions. My hubby was one portion, I another and the kids a third.

I was getting ready for the weekend and thinking what we have planned and what to eat. and I have to say, I wanted to cook.. I did not was to budget for pizza or going out.  Now don't get me wrong I LOVE to socialize.  And try new places.  but when I think about eating a meal, I want something that is flavorful, has good veggies and lean meat.  What mainstream places offer that?  NONE, that I have found.   I have found that I enjoy prepping veggies and talking to the kids about what veggies I am using..  It feels very good to me to be the one who is preparing the food that my family will be putting into their bodies.   The meals are SO tasty..  they fill you up and keep you full with less cravings.

REALLY..  How do you feel after you eat a burger from a fast food place?  Its greasy, and filled with other chemicals to preserve things.. and your body was not made to ingest that stuff.    So after you eat you feel, blah! and constipated.  and then two hours later your hungry again.    NO THANK YOU!